The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has made preparations for the royal ploughing ceremony, the annual event marking the beginning of the rice growing season in Thailand on May 13.

Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Cooperatives Chavalit Chookajorn is scheduled to play the role of an astrologer during the ceremony.

Two oxen have been selected by the Department of Livestock Development, named ‘Pra Ko Lert’ and ‘Pra Ko Fah’. The ceremony is to use 11 types of rice with a total weight of 260 kilograms.

360,000 packets of rice grains will be handed out to people attending the ceremonial grounds at Sanam Luang.

The ploughing ceremony began in ancient times. In 1966, the Government declared May 13 annually to be Farmers’ Day.-VNA